Authorities are calling the emergency landing that took place on State Route 55 in Costa Mesa a "miracle."
Izzy Slod, 25, and a passenger were flying back to Van Nuys from San Diego on Sunday evening following a business trip, authorities told NPR. The two men were heading to John Wayne Airport, with Slod in the pilot's seat.
But trouble struck. The plane was over open ocean about 2 miles from the coast when Slod noticed that the plane was descending.
"They said their engine went out without any warning signs," said Costa Mesa Fire Department Capt. Chris Coates.